Badass Women celebrates women who show up, speak up, and get things done. As someone who has proved she’s not to be messed with, it’s only fitting that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi lead our class of 2020.
What makes a badass? Purpose. For me, purpose is helping the one in five children in poverty who goes to sleep hungry. Having five children of my own, I want them to know their opportunities and the love and care they receive. At least I hope they would see it that way. [laughs] I consider myself a lioness in that regard — you come near my cubs, you’re in trouble.
Being a mom, in a way, has prepared me for my time in politics because it is about time management, diplomacy, logistics, being a quartermaster and chauffeur. If only I had a driver who cooked! [laughs] When we brought our baby Alexandra home from the hospital, our oldest child was turning 6 that week. So, five kids in six years. When they are finally in school, you think, “Now I can take on the world.” People ask me all the time how I do it, and I think part of it is being Italian-American. I have so much energy. And the other part is chocolate — very, very dark chocolate.
Finding a balance is important too. I tell the members, “ ‘Recreate’ and ‘re-create’ are the same word.” When you recreate you re-create your energy; you renew yourself. Work hard, do your constituent work, keep the home fires burning, and relax, because you must be renewed for when you come back for the fight.